Clifton Forge, Virginia

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Clifton Forge is a town in Alleghany County, Virginia, United States which is part of the Roanoke Region.[3] The population was 4,289 at the 2000 census. The Jackson River flows through the town, which as a result was once known as Jackson's River Station.

Clifton Forge was an independent city during the 2000 census. However, in 2001, Clifton Forge gave up its city status and reverted to a town. In previous decades, the railroad was a major employer. Clifton Forge is known for its mountain views and clear streams. It is home to one of the original six state parks of Virginia, Douthat State Park, built during Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidency by the Civilian Conservation Corps.[4]



Amtrak, the national passenger rail service, provides service to the Clifton Forge station with the Cardinal route. Also Clifton Forge serves a major locomotive fuel facility for CSX Transportation.

Clifton Forge is serviced by three major highways, Interstate 64, U.S. 60, and U.S. 220.


Clifton Forge is located at 37°49′11″N 79°49′24″W / 37.81972°N 79.82333°W / 37.81972; -79.82333 (37.819801, -79.823584).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city had a total area of 3.1 square miles (8.0 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,289 people, 1,841 households, and 1,146 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,387.5 people per square mile (535.9/km²). There were 2,069 housing units at an average density of 669.3/sq mi (258.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 82.96% White, 14.62% Black or African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.49% from other races, and 1.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.89% of the population.

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